Share Your Summer Reading List

Help us prepare for the beach … or the cabin in the mountains. What books should we add to our summer reading list? What are you reading or have you read recently that you would recommend?

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38 Responses to “Share Your Summer Reading List”

  1. Nick Albares Says:

    “Jesus for President” by Shane Claiborne and Chris Haw, “Living Beyond the End of the World: A Spirituality of Hope” by Margaret Swedish, “The Powers that Be” by Walter Wink, “The Kings and their Gods” by Dan Berrigan, SJ, “Jesus Today” by Albert Nolan, OP

  2. Jeff Behling Says:

    “Same Kind of Different as Me” by Denver Moore and Ron Hall is a great read. Starts out with much tragedy and hardship and ends with strong love and faith.

  3. Maxine Eckes Says:

    I highly recommend: Listening Below the Noise, A Meditation on the Practice of Silence. This is a small but striking book by Anne D. LeClaire that will add depth to some of your lazy summer days and even busy winter ones.

  4. Lois Christensen Says:

    the Help is one of the best reads ever!! Check out this piece of historical fiction.

  5. Scott Cooper Says:

    I’m reading “Cloud of Witnesses”, an anthology by Jim Wallis and Joyce Hollyday, with short interviews or essays on a variety of social justice pioneers, everyone from high-profile historical figures like Martin Luther King Jr. to far less known activists such as Beyers Naude, who challenged the apartheid system in South Africa as a leader in the Dutch Reformed Church. Great snapshots and inspired reading!

  6. Katherine McConaughy Says:

    Interior Castle ~ St. Teresa of Avila
    Dark Night of the Soul ~ St. John of the Cross
    Story of a Soul ~ St. Theresa of the Little Flower
    Open Mind, Open Heart ~ Fr. Thomas Keating
    The Third Spiritual Alphabet ~ Francisco De Osuna

  7. Vicki A. Volz Says:

    I am currently reading a new biography of Flannery O’Connor by Brad Gooch (or something close to that name) which is very good.

  8. Paul Amrhein Says:

    I read Shame and Grace: Healing the Shame We Don’t Deserve by Lewis B. Smedes, for a class I have been taking to become a better spiritual director. From the title I had no interest in this book what so ever. I have read a book a month for the last two years taking this class and this is one of the best I read.

  9. Linda Estrin Says:

    Louise Erdrich The Beet Queen
    Richard Wright Black Boy

  10. Mick Tahaney Says:

    I am currently reading The Priest Is Not His Own by Bishop Fulton Sheen. The more I get into it, the more I believe it is a must read for everyone….not just Priests and Catholics but for every Christian.

  11. walter fircowycz Says:

    how soccer explains the world
    translation nation
    liberation of the laity

  12. Meadow Says:

    Faith, Hope and Treatment addresses the prospect of treating AIDS with the sustaining efforts of dedicated Catholics from the religious sisterhood. I praise these efforts and of those who support them through prayer, physical effort, and funding. There are concerns about discrimination against the people with AIDS, and this has much to do with the way people are treating them. Compassion is needed for the AIDS victims, as well as for those vulnerable to the disease, such as unborn children and their young mothers. Changing behavior involves compassion not discrimination, but we must be proactive in our approach to stemming further contamination during an AIDS pandemic! Until this disease is eradicated, we have a moral responsibility to protect the vulnerable, by any reasonable means possible! Can we make changes now that will change the future for these people?

  13. Meadow Says:

    The weekly scripture readings from the church missilette are wonderful for private reflection. Reflecting on these passages creates the perfect mindset for those who follow the teachings of Jesus, and wish to incorporate them into their daily lives. Each parish usually lists a series of biblical readings that accompany the theme of the weekly scriptures. I highly recommend them.

  14. Shari Reilly Says:

    Read The Gift of Peace by Joseph Cardinal Bernadin. I had one day for a retreat, read that, and enjoyed many subsequent days of reflective peace and joy.

  15. Tina Reed Says:

    Left to Tell by Immaculee Ilibagiza is an excellent true story of genocide in Rwanda and her faith journey to forgiving ones tresspassers. This story left me on the verge of tears many times but showed me a living saint in the process.

  16. Joy Ruplinger Says:

    Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson

    I just started reading this page turner and have spoken to many who have read the book. Folks like Greg change the world forever.

  17. Ramona Flores Says:

    Dog Man: An Uncommon Life On A Faraway Mountain by Martha Sherrill

    Japanese man living in Japan’s snow country saves the Akita breed during World War II and beyond. Wonderful!

  18. JOHN A HEMMER Says:

    No education is complete unless you’ve read “Vindicating Lincoln: Defending the Politics of Our Greatest President” by Thomas L. Krannawitter

  19. Mary Ann Halliday Says:

    Henri Nouwen’s book, “The Return of the Prodigal Son” is a spiritual journey filled with self-awareness, forgiveness and hope.

  20. John Allen Says:

    “America Is Hard To Find”–Daniel Berrigan S.J.

    “Johnny Got His Gun”–Dalton Trumbo

    “Wise Blood”–Flannery O’ Connor

    “Letters And Papers From Prison”–Dietrich Bonhoeffer

    “The Prison Meditations of Father Alfred Delp”–Father Delp S.J.

    “Diary of a Country Priest”–Georges Bernnanos

  21. Maryrose Coughlin Says:

    The Shack: Don’t remember the author but have passed my copy on. A truly wonderful read. Portrays “The Holy Trinity” in a great and understandable way.

  22. Erin Says:

    Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder, about a global health movement beginning in Haiti, written about the inspirital founder of Partners in Health (Paul Farmer)

    Leaving Microsoft to Change the World by John Wood, the founder of Room to Read, an organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities for youth around the world.

    God, Country, Notre Dame by Fr. Hesburgh, which details the his life committed to service

  23. Tom Hopkins Says:

    My Way of Christ, by Thomas aKempis, published by the Confraternity of the Precious Blood. Many blessings and prayers to the CRS and its good people and contributors, the hands of our Lord.

  24. Patrick Hughes Says:

    The Life You Can Save; Acting Now To End World Poverty by Peter Singer. Newly published, well written, persuasive arguments from a secular perspective for directing a significant portion of one’s personal wealth to those in extreme poverty.

  25. Elizabeth Sheppard Says:

    David Korten: Agenda for a New Economy; From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth (Why Wall Street Can’t be Fixed and How to Replace it.

    Michael Schut (ed): Money & Faith; The Search for Enough.

    Two excellent books on the economy; one from a business and organizational perspective, and one from a spiritual one. Korten’s book is a must read if you want to understand what’s going on now. Schut’s is a collection of essays from a wide range of authors, that will stimulate you intellectually and challenge you spiritually.

  26. Danielle Talkington Says:

    I can’t remember the name of the book, it was Holy Communion or the Eucharist, by St. Peter Julian Eymard, the Apostle of the Eucharist. He said amazingly beautiful things about the Eucharist, that will make you fall in love with it even more.

  27. Dr Jacquie Martin Says:

    There is a great book called “Darwin, Divinity and the dance of the Cosmos” by Bruce Sanguin. Also “The Language of God” by Francis S. Collins. Also “The Elegant Universe” by Bryan Green. There is food for the spirit! JM

  28. Kristin Lee Says:

    I just finished Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry. It is one of the most beautiful, spiritually-rich novels you will ever read.

  29. Kevin Cushing Says:

    “The Catholic Worker Movement: Intellectual And Spiritual Origins”
    – by Mark and Louise Zwick

    This is a book about the Catholic Worker movement, which was founded in New York City in 1932 (during the Great Depression) by Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin. Its spirituality is based on the New Testament, the dignity of the human person, simplicity of lifestyle, love for the poor, deep prayer, and works of mercy. The philosophy is an alternative to a selfish, materialistic capitalism or a socialism doomed to failure
    as happened to the Soviet Union in 1989.

  30. Lisa Shirley Says:

    True Devotion to Mary by St. Louis de Monfort is one of my favorite books. He says the most incredible thing about our Blessed Mother. At the end there is a Consectation to Jesus through the hands of Mary. Beautiful.

  31. Maeve Binder Says:

    Books I am reading and recommend:

    COMPASSION by Henri Nouwen, Donald McNeill and Douglas Morrison. Beautiful book!

    LIFE OF THE BELOVED by Henri Nouwen (subtitled “Spiritual living in a secular world”). One of my favorite spiritual writers.

    LIVING A SPIRITUALITY OF ACTION by Joan Mueller. The writer says “own your gifts and use them to make the world a better place”.

    UNEXPECTED NEWS by Robert McAfee Brown (subtitled “Reading the Bible with Third World Eyes”). Amazing book – it will open your eyes and really get you thinking.

    THE GIFT OF YEARS by Joan Chittister (subtitled “Growing Older Gracefully”). A wise, comforting spiritual book. Very positive and beautiful.

  32. John Lindner Says:

    OK, thirty commenters and we have a reading list that will probably keep us going well into next Spring. Thank you.
    Maryrose Coughlin, I’ve been hearing a lot of good reviews on William Young’s “The Shack”.
    Katherine McConaughy, thanks for including Dark Night of the Soul. An old favorite.

  33. Christine Peterson Says:

    Jesus of Nazareth by Pope Benedict XVI

    Orthodoxy by G. K. Chesterton

    Back to Virtue by Peter Kreeft

    Currently reading:

    Dialogue of St Catherine of Sienna (St. Benedict Press)

  34. Father Benjamin J. Urmston, S.J., PhD Says:

    An excellent book on the economy is Unjust Deserts, How the Rich Are Taking Our Common Inheritance and Why We Should Take It Back by Dr. Gar Alperovitz author of America Beyond Capitalism and Lew Daly. Warren Buffett acknowledged that “society is responsible for a very significant percentage of what I’ve earned.” Unjust Deserts poses an entirely original challence to the lopsided distribution of wealth and income in today’s troubled economy. Drawing on a lively and fascinating synthesis of cutting-edge research, acclaimed author Gar Alperovitz and Lew Daly demonstrate that up to 90 percent-and perhaps even more–of private earnings derive not from individual ingenuity, effort, or investment, but from what they describe as the unjust appropriation of our collective inheritance: namely, the scientific and technological knowledge that makes today’s economy tick.

  35. Shakur Namzoff Says:

    I highly recommend the 5 volumes of The Poem of the Man-God by Maria Valtorta – it includes the stories of Jesus’s life and teachings in a way that is easy to read with lots of detail.

    I also recommend the poetry of Hafiz, including a book called Love Poems From God which includes Poetry from St. John, Meister Eckhart, Rumi and Hafiz, translated by Daniel Ladinsky.


  36. Margaret Says:

    Lately I have been having an enjoyable read of:

    The Jesuits – Malichi Martin
    God and the World – Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI
    Duty of Delight: Diary of Dorothy Day – Ed. Robert Ellsberg

  37. Rachel Konda Says:

    I recommend _The Gift of Pain_ by Paul Brand. It’s written by an American orthopedic surgeon who goes to India to help people with leprosy. Leprosy destroys nerves and Dr Brand describes how this leads to terrible injuries and disfigurement. He then goes on the reflect the “gift of pain” and how there is often value to suffering.

  38. Ken Says:

    “God, Country, Notre Dame” – the autobiography of Fr. Theodore Hesburgh details his extraordinary life and amazing accomplishments in promoting equality, service, and ecumenism.

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